ALBUM REVIEW: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – Pressure

As last year wound down, 2020 was looking bright for music, with tours galore and a litany of reunions. Nashville’s rock ‘n rollers Tyler  Bryant and the Shakedown were looking forward to building on their busy 2019, which included tours and festivals across the US and Europe, most notably with Stone Temple Pilots, Rival Sons, Clutch, Sevendust, Blackstone Cherry, and Airbourne, among others, and the release of their critically-acclaimed album, Truth and Lies. But as 2020’s landscape changed, big plans did too. Some artists went on hiatus, while others decided to take the time to reflect and write. In this case, guitarist/vocalist Tyler Bryant, drummer Caleb Crosby, and guitarist  Graham Whitford did not slow down, took on the latter approach, and hunkered down in Bryant’s home studio to craft some of their best work with the help of co-producer/engineer Roger Alan Nichols. Aptly titled Pressure (out October 16th on Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records), the album takes listeners on a journey through the emotional and tumultuous year. Coincidentally, many of the songs began to take shape before Nashville faced a destructive tornado, COVID, and racial justice rallies. However, the release could not have been timed better, as it offers up 13 tracks to headbang and air guitar away the trials and tribulations of the last seven months and beyond. With a multitude of moods and tempos, and a collage of rock, blues, roots, and country stylings, Pressure follows the roller coaster that is 2020 life.  Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Exit 111 Festival 2019 – Manchester, Tennessee

Exit 111 Festival, aptly named for the highway exit in Manchester TN, made its début October 11-13, 2019. Arriving in powers of three, it was three days of riffs, rock, and rowdiness. One part Metal, one part Rock, one Southern rock, and a whole lot of nostalgia, the event hosted three stages: the Rise Above Stage (honored suicide awareness and featured many of the Classic rock/Southern rock acts), Heaven Stage (the main stage and home to the headliners), and Hell Stage (spotlighted mainly heavy artists). Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Exit 111 Festival

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

The inaugural Exit 111 Festival takes place starting today at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee — the home of Bonnaroo — October 11 – 13. Ghost Cult is honored to be a part of this historic event! Headlined by Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with appearances by Slayer, ZZ Top, Deftones, Megadeth, Mastodon, Coheed & Cambria, Blackberry Smoke, Ministry, Cheap Trick, Killswitch Engage, Seether, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society and many more! In addition to the hours of great music, Exit 111 will host experiences such as “The Paranormal Cirque,” “The Red Bull Freestyle Motorcross Experience,” “Mega Sports Bar” and more. Radio personality and metal legend Eddie Trunk will host. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 25 at 12 p.m. ET via Front Gate Tickets. Check out our day by day preview: Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Taps Bishop Gunn, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Honey, Shooter Jennings, and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown for Not In This Lifetime Tour

Guns N’ Roses has chosen Bishop Gunn, Blackberry Smoke, Dirty Honey, Shooter Jennings, and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown as the openers for the upcoming dates of the Not In This Lifetime Tour this fall. Kicking off their first US tour dates in 2019, this includes two nights at Las Vegas’ legendary Colosseum at Caesars Palace, their most intimate venue since the 2017 performance at The Apollo Theater. GNR will also make highly anticipated stops at major festivals, along with two goliaths Mexico dates at stadiums in Guadalajara and Tijuana. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Watch a teaser trailer for the dates now! Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: ROCKLAHOMA 2019

Rocklahoma 2019. Three days in the sun, dust, and more sun over Memorial Day weekend (four days technically if you count the Thursday night pre-party). This was the 12 year of this annual festival and it was set to be one for the books from the get-go. Getting to this massive party was no small task on my part. Driving from New Hampshire to Oklahoma isn’t exactly a relaxing Sunday drive. Two full days of driving, two full-on tornadoes, and 1,700 miles later, I had arrived at my Air BnB in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roughly 50 minutes outside of Pryor. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Rocklahoma 2019

Ready to lift off down in Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma 2019 is going to be a three-day, non-stop rock and metal party, and Ghost Cult will be there to bring you the coverage! The lineup boasts Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Sevendust, Bad Wolves, GWAR, Buckcherry and many more this Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Get ready to rock out with our day by day must-see bands, set times and other info. Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown,Bush, Seether, In This Moment Booked For Rocklahoma 2019

Long-running American rock and metal festival Rocklahoma had unveiled its 2019 lineup! Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9NE, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Beartooth, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Avatar, Fever 333, Lita Ford, Palaye Royale, Ace Frehley, Wheeler Walker Jr, New Years Day, Bad Wolves, and many more listed below. Taking place Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 17th At 10:00 AM CT at the links below. Continue reading

Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb Of God And More Booked For Download 2019

Download Festival 2019 has given fans an early holiday present with a mega lineup announcement today. Slayer will perform their final UK appearance at the festival next summer. Joining them are a spate of bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Eagles Of Death Metal, Alien Weaponry, Anthrax, Badflower, Black Futures, Blackberry Smoke, I Prevail, The Interrupters, Jinjer, and more. This follows the previous announcement of Tool, Slipknot, Def Leppard and others.The three-day festival takes place 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.  Continue reading

October 26th 2018 New Music Releases

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world! Continue reading

Bourbon And Beyond Forced To Cancel Day Two Of Fest Due To Rain

The popular Bourbon & Beyond Festival was forced to cancel day two of the festival headlined by Sting and Robert Plant among others due to terrible weather that affected the fairgrounds, in an effort to keep fans and artists safe. Held at Champions Park in Louisville, KY, also the home of next weekend’s massive Louder Than Life fest, which at this point is not in danger of interruption or cancellation right now. The fest had no choice, but to do this and considering the disappointment of ffans, they have done a great job offering refunds or partial refunds whenever possbile. The festival made a post to their social media and also informed ticket goers about refunds via email. This was on the heels of the announcement that the fest is expanding in 2019 to be even bigger. Continue reading